Articles tagged “tokyo”

As Tokyo Tourism Grows, First-Time Travelers Still Have Basic Questions

As Tokyo Tourism Grows, First-Time Travelers Still Have Basic Questions

Linda Lombardi, Associated Press

Answers for all those questions you might have if you're a first-time traveler to Japan but might be too afraid to ask about.

2 months ago

One of the Most Zen Hotels on Earth Opens in Frenetic Tokyo

One of the Most Zen Hotels on Earth Opens in Frenetic Tokyo

Sierra Tishgart, Bloomberg

Travelers used to have to leave bustling Tokyo for the countryside to sample a traditional Japanese inn, or onsen ryokan. But in 2016 the Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel opened, bringing serene lodging to the city's center — topped off with a dollop of luxury.

2 months ago

Ex-Goldman Trader Sells Tourists Access to Top Tokyo Restaurants

Ex-Goldman Trader Sells Tourists Access to Top Tokyo Restaurants

Takahiko Hyuga, Russell Ward, Bloomberg

This entrepreneur takes a risk by buying up pricey meals at exclusive Tokyo restaurants, then re-selling them to foreigners. But with the city's cuisine being a huge tourist draw, and the language barrier being high, it looks like this venture is paying off.

4 months ago

Japan’s Popularity as a Tourism Destination Is Making It More Expensive to Build Hotels There

Japan’s Popularity as a Tourism Destination Is Making It More Expensive to Build Hotels There

Kathleen Chu, Bloomberg

Overtourism has a lot of unintended consequences. While the record tourism numbers are welcome by tourism organizations and businesses, Japan, especially Tokyo, needs to prepare itself to welcome even more travelers both in the immediate future and in time for the 2020 Olympics.

6 months ago

A Stronger Yen Is a Major Concern for a Luxury Tokyo Hotelier

A Stronger Yen Is a Major Concern for a Luxury Tokyo Hotelier

Katsuyo Kuwako, Gareth Allan, and Finbarr Flynn, Bloomberg

Fluctuations in currency can often have a bigger impact than we might think on a destination's tourism business. The bigger question, though, centers on what the city is doing to address its shortage of hotels, especially in view of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

7 months ago

The Next Three Olympics Are Headed to Korea, Japan, and China

The Next Three Olympics Are Headed to Korea, Japan, and China

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

No Olympic Games is ever without its troubles or controversies, and hosting the Games is never cheap. Given what's happened in Rio, however, it's clear that Olympic organizers are realizing they need to be much smarter about which cities they pick to play host: While it's an incredible honor and source of pride for the countries picked, it can also be a tremendous financial and logistical burden, too.

7 months ago

A Billionaire Buddhist Priest and His Disciple Want to Fix Tokyo’s Hotel Shortage

A Billionaire Buddhist Priest and His Disciple Want to Fix Tokyo’s Hotel Shortage

Katsuyo Kuwako and Chris Cooper, Bloomberg

Horiguchi and Inamori's approach to doing business could be a lesson for anyone in any industry: make money but make your employees, and the greater society, better for it.

8 months ago

Airbnb Is Going All Out to Win Over Tough Japanese Regulators

Airbnb Is Going All Out to Win Over Tough Japanese Regulators

Yuji Nakamura, Takashi Amano and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Japan is a market that offers Airbnb a chance to provide a model working relationship for other destinations facing lodging and housing crunches.

9 months ago

Tokyo, the Park Hyatt and the Art of the Hotel Arrival

Tokyo, the Park Hyatt and the Art of the Hotel Arrival

Colin Nagy, Skift

It is a delight to witness a hotel arrival that hums with quiet efficiency and professionalism

10 months ago

New Agreement Makes Tokyo-Bound Flights Better for U.S. Passengers

New Agreement Makes Tokyo-Bound Flights Better for U.S. Passengers

Michael Sasso and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Sensible flights to an airport near Tokyo will likely have a bigger impact on business travel than people would assume.

1 year ago

Why Japan’s Crackdown on Airbnb Is Bad News for Its Ambitions in Japan

Why Japan’s Crackdown on Airbnb Is Bad News for Its Ambitions in Japan

Yuji Nakamura and Maiko Takahashi, Bloomberg

We agree that Tokyo should loosen up restrictions for the Olympics, but we'll also argue from personal experience that there are multiple options available for both affordable hotels and short-term, legal rentals in the city during non-peak times. Airbnb shouldn't use 2020 to weaken rules that improve the quality of life for many residents.

1 year ago

Japan Is Worried About Life After the Tokyo Olympics

Japan Is Worried About Life After the Tokyo Olympics

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

When the Olympics is your economy's bright spot, you know you have work to do. Japan needs to sell itself better to tourist, as well as convert visitors into immigrants that fill in gaps in the Japanese economy.

1 year ago